thecollegian GAMEDAYGUIDE friday, September 7, 2012 K-STATE VS. MIAMI 3FFENSE: Turnovers 'fflf OFFENSE: Turnovers 'li or miss' for the team By the numbers John Zetmeir staff writer 4 The number that K-State senior lineback- er Arthur Brown wears on his jersey. As a high schooler, Brown was ranked as the No. 1 linebacker by ESPN and signed to go to the University of Miami to be a Hurricane. After two years in Miami, Brown decided to transfer to K- State. As a 2012 Ail-American candidate, look for Brown to have a big impact for the Wildcats against his old team. In 2011, K- State was able to defeat Miami 28-24 in the final play, a 4-point win for In- state. Look for this yearns matchup to be just as close. K- State will look to win their ninth straight 9 game in the month of September this Sat- urday against Miami. K-State^s last loss in the month of September came in 2009 to the UCLA Bruins. 9 is also the number of points that the Wildcats allowed last week against Missouri State. Despite allowing the Bears to accumulate 418 total yards, the Wildcats were able to keep the Bears out of the end zone, forcing Missouri State to settle for field goals on three separate drives. m The Miami Hurricanes have M ^ lost 10 of their last 11 road games I I against top 25 BCS-ranked teams ^^Lm^^J going back to 2005. K-State comes into the game ranked 21st in the AP poll and 20th in the USA Coaches Poll. MiamiSs last win against a ranked opponent on the road came in 2009 against No. 18 Florida State. Meanwhile, K-State has won 10-straight home games against unranked opponents. Missouri State was able to hang A with K-State into the third quarter M% M last Saturday. K-State then took over by scoring 42 unanswered points, r The Hurricanes cannot afford to allow K-State to go on a similar scor- ing run that they had against Missouri State. Last season, Miami al- lowed sophomore running back John Hubert to rush W J W ^ for a career-high 166 yards ^^M^^ and a touchdown. Last week against Missouri State, Hubert, now in his junior year, rushed for 152 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown run. After week one, Hubert leads the Big 12 Conference in rushing yards. Slowing down Hubert will be crucial to the Hur- ricanes' success this Saturday if they hope to leave Manhattan with a win. Both teams allowed their opponents to pass for over ^9 m ■ ■ ■ 300 yards in their first game. Miami allowed Boston Collegers junior quarter- back Chase Rettig to pass for 441 yards, and the Wildcats allowed Missouri State junior quarterback Ashton Glaser and sophomore quarterback Kierra Harris to pass for a combined 323 yards. Last season, K-State quarterback Collin Klein only had 12 completed passes for 133 yards against Miami. However, two of those passes were touch- down passes. The U': speedy freshman poses threat Nicolas Wahl staff writer As Miami head coach Al Golden's Hur- ricanes embark on the trek to Manhattan for tomorrow's matchup against the No. 21 ranked K-tate Wildcats, "The U" looks to erase all memory of last season's nail-biter 28-24 home-loss to the Wildcats. Golden knows the Hurricanes are in for a battle. "Clearly this week against Kansas State, we have a Herculean challenge out here. Excellent football team. Tough environment. Well-coached. Don't beat themselves. Control time of possession. Led the Big 12 in least penalized teams," Golden told the press Tuesday. "They had 30 drives of 60 yards or more. Big time quarterback. Really as good as there is on defense with Arthur Brown at linebacker. Its going to be a great challenge for our team and one that we're preparing for as I speak." The Hurricanes return just 10 starters (four on offense, six on defense) from a team that finished 6-6 a year ago and will rely heavily on former backups and new- comers, especially at the offensive skill positions. Gone are four-year starting quarter- back Jacory Harris and running back Lamar Miller - who left school early to enter the NFL draft after rushing for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns last year. It was Miller who ran through the K-State defense to the tune of 106 yards on 18 car- ries, including a 59-yard touchdown. An electrifying opening-week perfor- mance by the lightning- quick true-fresh- man Duke Johnson (seven carries, 135 yards, two touchdowns) that included a 56-yard touchdown scamper against Boston College should draw the attention of the Wildcats' defense and could keep K-State linebackers from overloading the middle Saturday morning. "He's a tremendously talented little player. He has tremen- dous speed," said K-State head coach Bill Snyder in a Tuesday press conference. "He has good quickness to go along with his speed, and I think that he is perhaps prob ably growing as a receiver as well. They utilize him lot of different ways, so that tells me he can do a lot of different things." A seemingly balanced attack, the Miami offense gained 208 yards on the ground and tallied 207 through the air, and will rely heavily on junior quarterback Stephen Morris. Morris went 28-of-45, passing for 207 yards against Boston College, and should see ample opportunity to make plays through the air against a K-State defense that looked anything but sound for much of its 51-9 season opening win over Mis- souri State. In the backfield, Miami, and more spe- cifically Morris, will rely heavily on an inexperienced receiving corps. Both of the Hurricanes' top receivers from a year ago (Travis Benjamin, Tommy Streeter) have moved on to the NFL. Allen Hums, Miami's third leading receiver from a year ago, is now the leader of the group. Morris found Hums eight times for 81 yards while connecting with Lewis four times for 42 yards, including an 18-yard touch- down against Boston College. Sophomore center Shane McDermott, who started 10 games last season while allowing zero sacks and committing zero penalties, returns to anchor an offensive line that allowed for 208 Miami rushing yards and sacrificed just one sack in 45 passing attempts against Boston College. Defensively, the Hurricanes will depend on a solid group of linebackers to try to slow down Collin Klein and the powerful Wildcat running game. Sopho- more middle-linebacker Denzel Perry- man led all returning Hurricane defend- ers with 69 tackles last season and senior Ramon Buchanan returns to take over the left side after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. Buchanan registered 54 tackles as a junior in 2010. Freshman Eddie Johnson, who many thought was the most impres- sive of the three in workouts head- ing into the season, steps into the starting role on the right side. While the Miami offense presents a formidable chal- lenge to the K-State rushing attack - they only gave up 96 yards on 36 Boston Col- lege carries in the opener - they are sus- pect at defending the pass. Questioned as to whether the Hur- ricanes would be playing against an of- fense more suited to their own defensive strengths, Golden was hopeful but lauded the challenge at hand. "We'll find out Saturday. I thought we were tough in short yardage situations — that wasn't the case last year," Golden said. "I thought we were stronger up front. We'll see if we can do a better job to stop this PC- State] attack. It was excellent a year ago." Miami failed to register a sack in the opener despite the Eagles attempting 51 passes last Saturday, so the Hurricanes must get line pressure with some regular- ity or Klein should have plenty of open tar- gets downfield. To do so, the Hurricanes will rely heavily on sophomore defensive end Anthony Chickillo who started nine games last season and registered five sacks on the year. Snyder noted the Miami defensive shifts as a point of emphasis. "Defensively, they are a big movement team, so you see a lot of movement out of their front and blitzes from anybody and everybody that they have in the first 11. That is always an issue. For a defense, it can be hit or miss," Snyder said. The lack of pressure noted above al- lowed Boston College to torch the Miami secondary for 441 yards on 32-51 passing. The secondary which is led by seniors Brandon McGee and Vaughn Telemaque, must avoid getting burned by the K-State deep ball if Miami is to contain the Wild- cat offense. A pair of seniors, who both saw exten- sive action last season, make for a solid Miami kicking game as punter Dalton Botts averaged 42.7 yards per punt and kicker Jake Wieclaw was 11-14 on field goals with a long of 49. He was 2-2 in the opener. Always dangerous in the return game, the Hurricanes look to continue that trend against the Wildcats. Sophomore backup receiver Phillip Dorsett will share punt return duties with the explosive Malcolm Lewis, while speedy Duke Johnson steps in alongside Dorsett on kick returns. Special teams will be huge as K-State showed last weekend how dangerous they can be. Tommy Theis | Collegian ABOVE: Travis Tannahill tries to escape two defenders after hauling in a 37 yard pass from Collin Klein, setting up a Wildcats field goal in the 51-9 victory over Missouri State. Collegian file photo BELOW: Willie leads the crowd in a cheer after the Wildacts scored a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns on Nov. 19, 201 1 . page GD 2 the collegian friday, September 7, 2012 Questions remain in depth, consistency of defense Adam Suderman staff writer Since Saturday's 51-9 vic- tory over Missouri State, the consistency of the Wildcat de- fense has been the main topic for many K-State fans. Several positives and nega- tives fill the defensive stats and an upcoming test against Miami will give a good indica- tion of where the unit stands. Following Saturday's win, Snyder was pleased with the presence of his run defense but said Missouri State's Randy "Duke" Johnson could present a challenge for the In- state defense. "He's a tremendously talent- ed little player," Snyder said. "He has tremendous speed, which is what most people would identify him as some- one who runs extremely fast. . . . They utilize him a lot of dif- ferent ways, so that tells me he can do a lot of different things." One of the biggest ques- tion marks heading into this season was the depth and ex- perience at the tackle spots. After finishing week one with- out a sack, many of the same questions remain. Perhaps no moment from last season is mentioned more than the goal-line stand pro- vided by Tre Walker's tackle of graduated Miami quarterback Jacory Harris. Although the ending play stands out in most memories, head coach Bill Snyder says that there is a missing piece to the discussion. "Well, Tre was a part of it, not all of it," Snyder said. "It has to take 1 1 guys to play well in that environment and that situation, and we had 1 1 guys that did exactly that. Our guys made some really mature ad- justments during those four snaps that took place down there, particularly on the last play when they shifted a whole bunch of guys and movement that we hadn't seen." Six defensive starters return from that unit, and finding the drive that allowed K-State to manage last year's matchup against the Hurricanes will be key. The Wildcats will be chal- lenged by the presence of Miami freshman running back Duke Johnson, who rushed for 135 yards and two touch- downs in Miami's season opening 41-32 victory against Boston College. The team will be looking for similarities from last year's game, and despite personnel differences, Brown said stay- ing in line with their approach will be what's most important. "It is going to be different, but our approach as a team is the same," Brown said. "We are definitely going to identify where it is we need to improve from last game and make those proper steps in order to do so. Our approach to the game is selfish — it is not dif- ferent than last year." As many first games go, finding that rhythm doesn't come quite as easily as some would like, but consistency from start to finish is some- thing Brown says the defense is looking for. "We need to be more con- sistent as well as we finish," Brown said. "Getting out to a great start is going to impact the game a lot." Wildcats' offense: up to the test against Hurricanes Corbin McGuire staff writer K-State's offense knocked off the offseason rust in a 51-9 late- game blowout against the Mis- souri State Bears last Saturday. The Wildcat offense will face what is likely to be a much tougher test when they take on the Miami Hurricanes on Sat- urday at 1 1 a.m. in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. "They're a very athletic team," said senior quarterback Collin Klein. "They really hustle around and make a lot of plays." The Hurricanes, who defeat- ed Boston College 41-32 last Saturday, turned the Golden Eagles over three times, in- cluding a 41 -yard interception return for a touchdown from sophomore middle linebacker Denzel Perryman. The other two Golden Eagle turnovers, both fumbles, result- ed in Hurricane touchdowns on offense. "We can't turn it over," Klein said. The Hurricane defense did show weaknesses, mostly in the secondary, where they gave just focusing on the game and getting ourselves better. We are trying to improve and come out with a win on Saturday." Part of Miami's recipe to create turnovers is a mixture "We are going to put in the game plan as the week goes along, and do what we need to do. ... We are just focusing on the game and getting ourselves better. We are trying to improve and come out with a win on Saturday." Collin Klein senior quarterback up 441 passing yards of the 537 total yards allowed against the Golden Eagles. "We are going to put in the game plan as the week goes along, and do what we need to do. ... [Boston College] was suc- cessful, but [Miami] sees that too and are working on correct- ing things," Klein said. "We are Tommy Theis | Collegian Head coach Bill Snyder looks on as his Wildcats battle the Bears of Missouri State on Sept. 1 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wild- cats won 51-9 after being tied at 9-9 in the third quarter. Where K-State 4^ gets engaged 785-539-4422 Next to Dick's Sporting Goods • showcasejewelers.net . little Caesars* mm LARGE PEPPERONI PIZZA $eoo 9, AVAILABLE EVERYDAY 1150 WESTLOOP CENTER of stunting and blitzing to put pressure on the opposing of- fense; something head coach Bill Snyder said can work both for and against a team. "That is always an issue. For a defense, it can be hit or miss," Snyder said. "For most people, for us included, sometimes you roll the dice and it could be 50-50 in what the outcome could be." Klein reflected on where he could improve from his 19-of- 28 aerial performance for 169 yards against the Bears. "We were a couple plays away from really making some headway there that were criti- cal downs. I know on a couple third downs Chris [Harper] and I weren't able to get on the same page," Klein said. "There's always those little things that you look back and you're like, 'Darn, I wish I could've had that one back.' But we just got to keep moving forward, keep trying to get better, and we're having fun in the process." John Hubert looks to follow Tommy Theis | Collegian Quarterback Collin Klein gets his offensive lineman in position before taking the snap in the first half against Missouri State on Sept. 1 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. up his 152-yard rushing perfor- mance against the Bears and repeat last year's 166-yard game against the Hurricanes. "He just doesn't stop. Some- times he's like a bowling ball in there," Klein said of Hu- berts running style. "He kind of bounces around and all of a sudden he'll squirt out of the pile when you didn't even see him." Snyder said he has no yard- per-carry number he looks for Hubert to hit because statistics can be misleading and the situ- ation of the game determines how many carries per game Hubert will see. "If you carry the ball on the 2-yard line and get it in the end zone, then it was a pretty suc- cessful play, and you only got two yards out of it," Snyder said. "As I have said so many times, defenses dictate what you are going to do. If they want to line up and commit enough people to take away John Hubert, then he probably is not going to carry the ball much in that given game." Klein said he is looking for- ward to the game and welcom- ing the Hurricanes to K-State. "It's an exciting game. They're a very good team; top to bottom they have a lot of good players," he said. 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Sean Frye staff writer Last season in Miami, Tre Walker showed the entire nation what he means to the K-State Wildcats when he tack- led former Hurricanes' quarter- back Jacory Harris 1 yard short of the goal line on fourth and goal, which sealed the win for the Wildcats. "That one single play brought a great deal of attention to Tre, and rightfully so," said head coach Bill Snyder. Walker is a junior this year for the Wildcats, and one of the leaders on the team as well. This year, he was selected as a "spirit captain" for the team, which entails him leading the team out of the locker room and onto the field. Right before the team enters the field, fans notice Walkers No. 50 jersey at the front of the pack, rocking side to side to get the players and the crowd hyped for kick- off. "He brings a lot of spirit to our defense," Snyder said "He was selected as an honorary captain, a spirit captain, last week, but couldn't go out with the captains because he leads a little ordeal in the locker room prior to the game." Walker's electricity on the field, in addition to his play- making ability, has been no- ticeable since his freshman year, where he was one of the lone bright spots on a defense that struggled in 2010. Last year, he started every game for the Wildcats and recorded 52 tackles, including eight for a loss, and forced a fumble. Now, as he enters yet anoth- er new chapter in his K-State career, Walker hopes to contin- ue both his personal and team success in 2012. "I just want it to be a success- ful season within the means of making great plays," Walker said. "I want to continue to make great plays." For Walker though, it is equally as important to main- tain his status as a vocal, en- ergetic leader on the team throughout the year as well. "I don't want this to sound bad in anyway, but a lot of people go out and they get the team prepared, and that's fine," Walker said. "But as I go into this season, I want to continue to get the team prepared and bring that excitement to all the fans." One of the most interesting facets of Walker is his philoso- phy on how he and the rest of the team prepare quarterback Collin Klein week in and week out during practice. "The biggest thing is to hit him," Walker said. "I don't mean that in any type of bad way, but that's how you get him prepared. When you blitz off that line, you do everything in your power to intercept every ball, you do everything in your power to strip the ball from him, you do everything in your power to hit him and get in his face but that's what other teams are going to try to do." Snyder's respect for Walker has been at a high level since Walker's freshman year, which is why Snyder rewarded him with a captain status this year in addition to the starting spot. 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He will not shy away from contact, and also is willing to block downfield for the running back Michael. Despite not playing in the final four games of last season, Michael still rushed for 899 yards, 230 against now conference rival Arkansas. Michael is a bowling ball at 5-foot-1 1 and 220 pounds but has the speed to run away from people after he breaks through the hole. These two will be key in helping Manziel, as the Gators will bring a nasty defense to college station. Florida may be the fastest defense in the country, and everybody on their team flies to the ball. Junior safety Matt Elam is the leader, and can make his presence felt both in the passing game, as well as the ground game. They are very opportunistic, and if Manziel gets flustered in his first career start, it could be a long day for the Aggies. Manziel has big-time potential, but his role on the team right now is just to control the offense and not try and take over. Look for the veteran presence of Swope and Mi- chael, as well as one of the best home field advantages in all of the country, to help guide the Aggies to a thrilling victory. WASHINGTON ATLSU Zach Mettenberger had a solid debut for the Tigers, completing 19 of 26 passes for 192 yards and one touch- down in LSU's 41-14 victory over North Texas. As much as Mettenberger is being counted on to give the offense a boost, the staple of the LSU Tigers is their defense. The defense only surrendered 219 yards against the Mean Green, and 130 of those came on two breakdowns in the secondary. LSU is replacing their secondary from last year as Morris Clai- borne (who left the team for the NFL draft) and Tyrann Mathieu (who left the team for unspecified team violations) are no longer dominating receivers on the outside. The secondary must improve as they will get a big test from one of the most unheralded quarter- backs in the country. Junior Keith Price of Washington made the post-Jake Locker phase at Washington much better last sea- son, throwing for 3,063 yards and 33 touchdowns. Price has the swagger you love to see at the quarterback and will not be scared to throw the ball at the LSU secondary. The Huskies must give him the time in the pocket to find his receivers. Price, playing at Washington, does not get the national exposure that a quarterback of his caliber deserves. With this chance on national TV to show what he can do, look for him to lead the Huskies to a huge upset on the road over LSU. GEORGIA AT MISSOURI Like Texas A&M, Missouri will be playing in their first SEC game as they host the No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs. However, unlike the Aggies, Missouri has an experienced quarterback in James Franklin. Franklin enters his second year as the starter and has proven to be quite the dual threat. His ability to make plays with his feet forces the defense to have to be watching to see if he is going to take off, and gives the Missouri receiving duo of T.J. Moe and Dorial Green-Beckham opportunities of one-on-one matchups on the outside. Moe and Green-Beckham complement each other very well, as Moe is the fast slot re- ceiver, while Green-Beckham is a big receiver who is capable of going up and getting the ball against anybody in the country. The Tigers are going to need the offensive stars to have a big game, as Georgia has an offense that can put up a lot of points of their own. Quarterback Aaron Murray is one of the best quarterbacks in the country and could be a dark-horse Heisman candidate if the Bulldogs can get off to a good start. The performance by running back Todd Gurley makes Georgia's offense scary. Gurley rushed eight times for 100 yards and two touchdowns, and also took a kickoff return for 100 yards in the Bulldogs 45-23 vic- tory over Buffalo. He gives Georgia the running game they thought they lost when former running back Isaiah Crowell got kicked out of school. Columbia will be electric Saturday night as the Tigers play in their first SEC game. In the end, the poise of Aaron Murray and the newfound run game of Georgia will be just enough to squeak out a victory in the final minutes. NEBRASKA AT UCLA Taylor Martinez has been talking about how much work he has put in the offseason in be- coming a more complete quarterback. After his performance in the Cornuskers 49-20 victory over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, he is well on his way to proving just that. Martinez completed 26-of-34 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns, and may be counted on to do that again as star running back Rex Burkhead is questionable with a knee injury. The defense will also be huge as they are going up against an offense that showed it can make big plays both in the running game, as well as through the air. Senior running back Johnathan Franklin had a huge game on the ground, carrying the ball 1 5 times for 214 yards and three touchdowns in the Bruins' 49-24 victory over the Rice Owls. Franklin possesses a blend of both power and speed that makes him one of the best running backs in the Pacific-12 Conference. However, it was the emergence of freshman quarterback Brett Hundley that makes the Bruins offense look very tough to stop. Hundley completed 21 of 28 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, while also gaining 68 yards on the ground and another score, and helped make this a complete offense. With Burkhead possibility out or at the very least injured, expect UCLA to get pressure on Martinez and see if he can air the ball out at a high level like he did against Southern Missis- sippi. Even though Martinez has improved, he is not ready to go out and win a game of this magnitude on the road. Look for the Bruins be- hind the legs of Franklin to win a hard-fought game. 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The Wildcat defense proved to be vulnerable in the secondary against Missouri State after giving up 323 yards through the air. Until the Wildcats can find a way to pressure the quar- terback, they will rely on the secondary to lock down the outside, which could prove to be difficult against the speedy Hurricane receivers. Special teams Bill Snyder is a master at special teams, despite the recent rule change to kickoffs. He proved it in the Wildcats' first game. An 89-yard punt return from Tramaine Thompson high- lighted the Wildcat special teams but also included pinning the Bears deep in their own field position on kickoffs more than once. Anthony Cantele is also coming off a perfect kick- ing game. K-State rush offense vs. Miami rush defense While the Wildcats have a variety of quality of running attacks, the Hurricane front four will pose a much bigger challenge than Missouri State's defensive line. Pile on the uncertainty of the health of starting left guard Nick Puetz and the Wildcats' already untested group of linemen, minus B.J. Finney, becomes even more worrisome. The Wildcats, however, did have success against the Hurricanes last season when they ran for 265 yards. Miami rush offense vs. K-State rush defense Miami may have lost Lamar Miller to the NFL draft last season but they have found suitable replacements in freshman Duke Johnson and senior Mike James. James and Johnson combined for 189 yards rushing. The Wildcats gave up most of their yards against Missouri State through the air but still managed to allow the Bears to average over five yards a carry on the ground. FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: 38-24 K-STATE Computer Problems? 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In the first game of his senior year against Marshall University, Smith com- pleted 32 of 36 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns. On top of that, Smith had 65 rushing yards and one touchdown. This week, Smith will lead the Moun- taineers against James Madison University. Le'Veon Bell Michigan States junior run- ning back Le'Veon Bell found himself gaining popularity after his week one performance photo courtesy of Matt Sunday | West Virginia University West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith runs the ball against Marshall University on Sept. 1 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. against Boise State. Last week, 210 yards and two touchdowns, yards. Bell carried the ball 44 times for including six catches for 55 Bell caught the eyes of col- lege football fans all over the country with his athleticism for a 6-foot- 2, 245-pound running back. Last year, Bell rushed for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns. Look for him to carry most of the workload for the Spartans this Marcus Lattimore In his first game back from a leg injury that sidelined him for half of last year, junior running back Marcus Lattimore made a big impact for the South Caro- lina Gamecocks last Saturday in a narrow victory against Vander- bilt University. Lattimore tal- lied 110 yards rushing with two touchdowns in his first game back. Last season, Lattimore played only seven games, but was still able to rush for 818 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2010, Latti- mores first year at South Caroli- na, the star running back ran for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also adding 412 receiv- ing yards and two touchdowns. South Carolina fans and Heis- man voters have high expecta- tions for Lattimore if he is able to keep himself healthy. Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee junior wide re- ceiver Cordarrelle Patterson rounds off the list. An unfamiliar name to many fans, Pattersons first game in a Tennessee jersey showed fans that there might be a star in the works down in Knoxville. Last season, Patterson was playing football at Hutchin- son Community College in Hutchinson, Kan. In his first game for the Vol- unteers, Patterson caught six passes for 93 yards and one touchdown. However, that was just half of Pattersons impres- sive debut. Rushing for 72 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown run, Patterson showed that he has a lot of speed and athleti- cism for a 6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver. 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